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Proposal for EU anti-SLAPP law

SLAPP stands for Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation (see also here). Together with a broad network of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) Legal Human Academy supports the advocacy and initiatives for anti-SLAPP legislation at the level of the EU. SLAPPs are pursued by law firms on behalf of powerful individuals and organisations who seek to avoid public scrutiny, their aim is to drain the target’s financial and psychological resources and chill critical voices to the detriment of public participation. On 1 December 2020 a model EU anti-SLAPP Directive has been released. The model proposes a set of rules that should guarantee that in each EU country SLAPPs can be dismissed at an early stage of proceedings, that SLAPP litigants pay for abusing the law and the courts, and that SLAPP targets are given assistance to defend themselves. The model EU anti-SLAPP Directive and the undersigned organisations call on the EU policymakers to urgently promulgate an EU anti-SLAPP Directive. The Directive should protect public watchdogs such as journalists, human rights defenders, NGOs, activists and whistle-blowers that help hold the powerful to account and keep the democratic debate alive. The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) is acting as a coordinator for this initiative. For the full text of the report, click here.

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